Individual Report: H6205 James FIDLER

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

Red River Métis

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private James Arnold Bedford
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Selkirk MB Manitoba 1915-10-19
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
HQ Coy

Transportation - Home Base to Hong Kong

Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by CNR troop train, picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver, arriving in Vancouver on Oct 27 at 0800 hrs.

The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the local soldiers that were with Brigade Headquarters from Winnipeg to BC travelled on a CPR train to Vancouver.

All members embarked from Vancouver on the ships AWATEA and PRINCE ROBERT. AWATEA was a New Zealand Liner and the PRINCE ROBERT was a converted cruiser. "C" Company of the Rifles was assigned to the PRINCE ROBERT, everyone else boarded the AWATEA. The ships sailed from Vancouver on Oct 27th and arrived in Hong Kong on November 16th, having made brief stops enroute at Honolulu and Manila.

Equipment earmarked for 'C' Force use was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced.

On arrival, all troops were quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.

Battle Information

We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. For a detailed description of the battle from a Canadian perspective, visit Canadian Participation in the Defense of Hong Kong (published by the Historical Section, Canadian Military Headquarters).

Wounded Information

No wounds recorded.

Hospital Information

No record of hospital visits found.

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island41 Dec 2041 Dec 22
HK-AS-01Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong Kong41 Dec 22Dec 26
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island3342 Jan 2242 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 26 45 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2002-09-10Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
St. Andrews Manitoba CanadaSt. Clements Anglican Church Cemetery

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

JAMES ARNOLD BEDFORD FIDLER It is with great sadness that our family announces the death of our beloved father, James Arnold Bedford Fidler. Dad leaves to mourn his passing his son, Wayne; daughters, Lynn (Jim) Munn, Elaine (John) Heinze and Donna (David) Ross, grandchildren, Devon (Darcy) Cooper, Christopher (Dian) Heinze, Matthew and Graham Fidler, great-grandchildren, Branden and Aaron Heinze and Joshua and Lauryn Cooper, brothers, Lloyd (Dorothy) Fidler and Walter Fidler, sister Elsie (Jeff) Cunningham, sisters-in-law, Betty Fidler, Donna (Steve) Monchak, brother-in-law Louis (Audrey) Ducharme as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his devoted wife Alice; son Trevor and brother Mervin. Dad was born on October 9, 1915 and lived in the Selkirk area all of his life. Dad was a Second World War Hong Kong veteran. After the war Dad worked 42 years at the Manitoba Rolling Mills. He was an avid sportsman in his earlier years. The last few years, Dad and Bud would take rides in the country watching for deer and geese. He enjoyed family gatherings, picnics and cards. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 13 (tonight) from 7:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk with cremation to follow. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. also in the chapel with Rev. Stephen Sharman officiating. Interment of ashes will follow in the St. Clements Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors at the Selkirk and District Hospital for their kindness during his time there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Kidney Foundation, Canadian Diabetes or Manitoba Cancer Society. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. published on September 13, 2002 in the Winnipeg Free Press


James FIDLER noted on Selkirk Manitoba ancestry

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Report generated: 25 Mar 2023.

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